Gingoodies Posted 5 Aug 2006 , 1:18am
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I am curious to know how may "Garden Staters" are CC members. Sign in and tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Ginny, I live in Bayonne and have been baking/decorating cakes for about 27 years (YIKES! icon_surprised.gif ) I have been working for the last six months at a cake decorating/candy making supply store in Cranford. Its been a lot of fun to be in on new trends and new supplies and I can let my imagination run wild with all the great stuff we sell.

So come on NJ.. join the fun.. I will be looking forward to "meeting" you all!! icon_smile.gifthumbs_up.gif

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Zamode Posted 5 Aug 2006 , 1:54am
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Hey Ginny! I'm always eager to find out where the Jersey girls are...and where there are supply stores in our state besides Somerville! There ain't squat by me but A.C. Moore and that doesn't really count!

My name is Bernadette, I live in Warren County near the PA Pocono Mountains. I have always loved baking and have wanted to take decorating classes for years. I finally had the chance to go in January and am trying to hone my decorating. It's something I really enjoy and would love to be able to share with others.

I met a fellow CC'er cindww in June at a Colette Peters' workshop and she has become a very good friend and baking cohort!

cindww Posted 5 Aug 2006 , 2:02am
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Hey gals! My name is Cindy and I am a stay at home mom with 3 sons under 7. I'm in Nutley, New Jersey. I had wanted to take cake decorating classes for a long time and finally got the opportunity to take Course 1 and 2 in the fall of '05. I was lucky enough to attend Colette's Cake Sculpture class in June where I got to meet Zamode (yeah, Bern!!)
I'm really enjoying my cake decorating and have been able to sell a few cakes but have realized that I don't want it to take over my life as a business...at least not while my boys are so young!
Ginny, I'd love to know what your store is called so I can take a drive out there..I don't think its too far from me icon_smile.gif

Cindy

Gingoodies Posted 6 Aug 2006 , 5:16pm
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"bumping" yooo hooo where are all the jersey folks??

Bouncin4Bonjovi Posted 7 Aug 2006 , 1:39am
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Hey jersey girls! My name is Becky and I live in Berlin (about 45 minutes from Atlantic City). I am just starting to *learning* how to decorate cookies. I am a stay-at-home mom and just want to do something to supplement our income. I don't want to become a millionaire, just make enough to see some more Bonjovi concerts! icon_rolleyes.gif

Zamode Posted 7 Aug 2006 , 1:47am
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I know there are more than the four of us!

vww104 Posted 7 Aug 2006 , 2:00am
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Hi!
I am a brand new cake decorator, I am currently taking the Wilton 2 class and I am hooked. I live in Union NJ and would love to know where the cake decorating store is in Cranford, please let me know!

I have been searching a long time for a hobby and I have finally found it, because I dream about cake!

I work full time, except in the summer so its been a great time to begin cake decorating. I would like to pursue it as a hobby and side gig, not full time.

Also, I'm addicted to CC, and have learned a lot already!

Von

Gingoodies Posted 7 Aug 2006 , 6:06am
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The cake decorating store in Cranford is called Sweet & Fancy. It is located at 17 North Ave. West.. If you are familiar with Cranford.. it is on the same block as the movie theater. It is off of exit 137 of the parkway.

CakesByEllen Posted 7 Aug 2006 , 2:32pm
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Hi Everyone,

Another Jersey Girl here. My name is Ellen. I started taking cake decorating classes with some friends at Michaels. I found I had a knack for it and enjoy seeing what I can make. I wanted to learn so I could make some cakes for my Kids. Needless to say, they are now spoiled and think I can make anything out of cake!

I live in Somerset, soon to be moving to a new house in Hillsborough. I am close enough to go to Candyland Crafts in Somerville on my lunch break if I need to. I swear that store has anything you can think of!

Anyway, I had hopes of starting a licensed home bakery, but as you all know, that seems impossible in NJ. So I make some cakes for work folks, and some of my kids' classmates parties. Not enough for my likeing though.

Nice to meet you all!

I know there are a few more Jersey Girls out there! Steffla and MomLittr at least!

Zamode Posted 8 Aug 2006 , 12:58am
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I am close enough to go to Candyland Crafts in Somerville on my lunch break if I need to. I swear that store has anything you can think of!




Cindy--road trip! icon_lol.gif

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Anyway, I had hopes of starting a licensed home bakery, but as you all know, that seems impossible in NJ. !




That bad, Ellen? thumbsdown.gif

vww104 Posted 8 Aug 2006 , 1:19am

I look forward to visiting Sweet n Fancy very soon, so far I have been getting what I need at Michaels and Walmart, but I'm a newbie and still not sure of everything that I need.

Does everyone here use box cake mixes? If so what are your preferences for brands and flavors?

mary-ann Posted 8 Aug 2006 , 1:37am

Hi guys! I'm from South Jersey, Atlantic City area. Not too far from Becky. I went to the Culinary Institute at Atlantic County Community College and completed the pastry program but I really enjoy cake decorating (puff pastry from scratch? Nah, just buy it frozen).

I currently sell cakes, at cost, to friends and referrals and average 1 or 2 a month. I'm looking forward to going to the American Bakery Expo in Oct.

Anyone else from South Jersey?

Mary Ann

Zamode Posted 8 Aug 2006 , 1:41am

Mary-ann, KHalstead is from So. Jersey, not sure if she will be joining us here.

vww, I do both but mostly boxed mixes right now as I learn. I like Pillbusy the best, especially the dark chocolate but I also use Duncan Hines.

MomLittr Posted 8 Aug 2006 , 1:54am

Debbie here from beautiful Barnegat (mainland, not the island). I started decorating the beginning of this year by taking Wilton classes my kids got me for Christmas.....now am hooked! Just what I needed, another hobby to be obsessive over (also sew and garden). I love this site and am glad this thread was started so I can see what other Jersey Girls are here!

deb

Zamode Posted 8 Aug 2006 , 2:07am

Seems I'm the only one out in the sticks! dunce.gifcowboy.gif

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Gingoodies Posted 8 Aug 2006 , 4:47am

I am so glad I posted this thread.. I hope more Jerseyans find us.. Mary-Ann when and where is the Bakery Expo??

vww104 Posted 8 Aug 2006 , 7:26pm

I scope out the ShopRite circular each week and can let you know when the cake mix is on sale. Does anyone shop at any of the other NJ supermarkets? If so, can you keep us posted on sales?? Usually once or twice a year, ShopRite puts DH on sale for about 49 cents!! I definitely won't miss that one the next time around!

Von

ps3884 Posted 8 Aug 2006 , 7:37pm

I'm so glad someone started this thread. My name is Penny and I am new to New Jersey (Howell, just east of Jackson and Six Flags). I'm a stay at home mom to 3 girls (5, 4 and 2 1/2). I've always loved baking but it wasn't until last year that I really got into cake decorating. Last fall I finally got to take the Wilton courses. I have so much to learn but, I am loving it!!!!

vww104 Posted 8 Aug 2006 , 9:05pm
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I'm so glad someone started this thread. My name is Penny and I am new to New Jersey (Howell, just east of Jackson and Six Flags). I'm a stay at home mom to 3 girls (5, 4 and 2 1/2). I've always loved baking but it wasn't until last year that I really got into cake decorating. Last fall I finally got to take the Wilton courses. I have so much to learn but, I am loving it!!!!




Penny,
How do you find time to bake w/3 little ones? I am just starting out also, I'm currently in the middle of the Wilton 2 course, although I'm not a stay at home mom I don't work in the summer, I'm not sure how I will bake when I go back to work. I have 2 boys ages 6 and 4 and I am challenged by finding time to bake and giving them the attention that they demand.

Von

ps3884 Posted 8 Aug 2006 , 10:36pm
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Originally Posted by ps3884

I'm so glad someone started this thread. My name is Penny and I am new to New Jersey (Howell, just east of Jackson and Six Flags). I'm a stay at home mom to 3 girls (5, 4 and 2 1/2). I've always loved baking but it wasn't until last year that I really got into cake decorating. Last fall I finally got to take the Wilton courses. I have so much to learn but, I am loving it!!!!



Penny,
How do you find time to bake w/3 little ones? I am just starting out also, I'm currently in the middle of the Wilton 2 course, although I'm not a stay at home mom I don't work in the summer, I'm not sure how I will bake when I go back to work. I have 2 boys ages 6 and 4 and I am challenged by finding time to bake and giving them the attention that they demand.

Von




It's not always easy, that's for sure. I can usually get icing made and the baking done during the day with the girls but most of my decorating gets done at night after they're in bed. Can make for some late nights as I'm not very fast yet. icon_confused.gificon_lol.gif When I made my daughter's Bratz cake, we were back in CT that week and my father-in-law took the girls for a few hours (with the help of my brother-in-law - he wasn't up to the task alone icon_lol.gif ) Alone time to do cake decorating, now that's unheard of for me!! icon_eek.gif With 3 little kids, alone time doesn't come along very often. icon_wink.gif

sandi64 Posted 9 Aug 2006 , 12:06am

Hi, my name is Sandi and I'm also from Berlin! Over the spring I took the three Wilton classes at AC Moore, since I could always bake a good tasting cake and needed to learn to make a presentable one. As you can see by my pics I'm not as experienced as most. However, I do enjoy reading all the great tips here!

mary-ann Posted 9 Aug 2006 , 1:45am
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I am so glad I posted this thread.. I hope more Jerseyans find us.. Mary-Ann when and where is the Bakery Expo??




It's in Atlantic City Oct 21-23 at the AC Convention Center. Here's the link (but I can only get into it during the day.)
www.americanbakeryexpo.com

Zamode Posted 9 Aug 2006 , 2:32am

Von the A&P, if anyone has any of those nearby, usually has some good sales every now and then, I get my mixes on sale there.

Gingoodies Posted 9 Aug 2006 , 2:36am

If you have a Wal Mart nearby you can get DH and BC cake mixes there for under $1 a box. You can also get their brand of confectioners sugar cheaper than in the supermarket. Sam's club is also great for getting milk, eggs, heavy cream, bananas, fresh strawberries, flour (big bags) brown sugar etc. at good prices. I get heavy cream for less than $2 a QUART!

Gingoodies Posted 10 Aug 2006 , 1:57am

Cindy.. you must explain "Cake camp" in Las Vegas.. when is it? and......Bern.. what the @$%#^& is Zaxapoaphobia ????? :-0

Zamode Posted 10 Aug 2006 , 2:52am
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Cindy.. you must explain "Cake camp" in Las Vegas.. when is it? and......Bern.. what the @$%#^& is Zaxapoaphobia ????? :-0




icon_lol.gif Ginny--Bonniebakes post: http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=35335&postdays=0&postorder=asc&&start=45 icon_lol.gif

Cake Camp is a big to-do in Vegas over Labor Day weekend, alot of excellent decorators and classes all weekend!

Gingoodies Posted 10 Aug 2006 , 2:56am

I actually just read the other post where you explained your "phobia" You crack me up! icon_smile.gif

Zamode Posted 10 Aug 2006 , 3:12am

Ginny, looking at your signature, where are you going? Wild weekend in NJ? icon_lol.gif

Gingoodies Posted 10 Aug 2006 , 3:15am

Actually we are going to Wildwood... lol... We plan a trip every year to a different place.. 5 or 6 of us. We had such a good time last year just hanging out in the condo room we rented drinking sangria and dancing and laughing. Almost didnt get to dinner cause no one was sober enough to drive.

Zamode Posted 10 Aug 2006 , 3:17am

Sounds like fun! Question is, are you bringing cake?! icon_confused.gificon_surprised.gif

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